Groningen’s Lefier housing corporation has renovated nearly 1,300 student rooms to make them more energy efficient. About 1,000 of these were also taken off the gas grid, the company says.
The move is part of Lefier’s effort to become CO2-neutral by 2050. “In addition to apartments and family homes, we are rapidly upgrading student residences, too, to make them more sustainable. A well-insulated, energy efficient room is more comfortable and easier on the wallet, considering current energy prices,” Pieter Witzenburg, a manager with the corporation, was quoted by the Groningen Internet Courant as saying.
With the completion of the work at Cornus student accommodation, the renovation of the three student residences in Selwerd (approx. 1,000 rooms) has been completed. The company stripped the student flats to their concrete skeleton and then completely rebuilt them, connecting them at the same time to the heating network in the area.
Last year, Lefier renovated 81 rooms on Grevingaheerd. Thanks to added insulation, new windows, energy efficient systems and solar panels, these now have energy label A.
Comprehensive renovation can fully transform the residential setting for students, the company says, while offering several key benefits, including cost, efficiency and sustainability.